Art Education

Students who major in art education will be among the first to encourage the talent and confidence of the next generation of artists. You'll also be the person who helps young people develop a lifelong appreciation for art. In your classes, you'll develop your own studio practices and an understanding of art history. Your teacher-education courses will train you to transform that into an art curriculum that will intrigue and engage your students and help them learn to appreciate art as a global language. Your field experiences and semester of student teaching will give on-the-ground skills by working directly with all levels of students from kindergarten through 12th grade.

Art Education Endorsement Certificate
Current certified teachers can also receive their art education endorsement at St. Cloud State University. This program covers the depth and breadth of studio and art history experiences required to meet the Minnesota state teaching standards through an accelerated framework. The certificate also offers training in art education methods and literacy in the subject. Completers of the program will be eligible to apply for a tier three, K-12 license in Art upon the completion of the certificate.

Program Highlights

  • Kiehle Visual Arts Center houses ceramics, wet-based photography and printmaking; large studio classrooms for painting, drawing, sculpture, and art education; student studios; a woodshop; a metal shop; and several large computer labs and a digital project lab that support graphic design, digital photography, video and multimedia.
  • Faculty are established artists as well as teachers with work exhibited and selected for collections across the country including the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Walker Art Center, Museum of Arts and Design in New York, Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago and Cain Schulte Gallery in San Francisco.
  • Visiting Artists, Designers, and Curators Program, annually invites three or four national arts professionals such as Nicholas Brown, a curator from Yale; Michelle Grabner, Chicago artist and co-curator of the 2014 Whitney Biennial; and Mark Randall, New York graphic designer to lead workshops and meet with students one-on-one to discuss their work.
  • Student-run Gallery Vault in downtown St. Cloud provides exhibit space for student artists and develops art-centered events that connect the university and the St. Cloud community. 

Program Distinctions

  • Kiehle Gallery exhibits the work of innovative regional artists and designers who discuss their work during openings and hosts the annual juried student art show, curated by a Twin-Cities arts professional.
  • 1 of 7 colleges, schools, and universities in Minnesota accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.  
  • Membership in Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP).
  • Faculty includes two Fulbright fellows, five McKnight fellows, three Bush fellows and one Joan Mitchell Foundation fellow.
  • Notable alumni: TyRuben Ellingson '81 '82 is a conceptual designer who has worked with film directors such as James Cameron, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Francis Ford Coppola, Guillermo Del Toro and the late Stanley Kubrick. Valerie Snobeck '03, named by arts writer Elisa Carmichael as one of 25 artists to watch in 2013, exhibited as part of Whitney Biennial, a show of new American art at Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City. 

Student Organizations

Popular Careers

  • Graphic Designer/Web Designer
  • Art Director
  • Studio Artist
  • Art Educator
  • Art Therapist
  • Arts Administrator
  • Curator